Celebrating Earth Day 2018 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrating Earth Day 2018

Guests can honor Earth Day 2018 by participating in ‘Party for the Planet’ activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22 – May 5, 2018. [Earth Day is April 22, 2018.]

DAK’s Dedication Rock, April 22, 1998.

FYI:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998.

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Party for the Planet #DisneyAnimals

Party for the Planet is “a fun and festive way to connect with nature and be inspired to protect our planet” through a variety of special offerings at Animal Kingdom, including opportunities to explore the nature and wildlife of the park.

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Special DAK cupcakes this week.

Guests visiting over April 22 – May 5th can pick up a Party for the Planet Times Guide when entering the park to help plan your the day. While at the Oasis, guests can also select one of 10 different animal cut-outs and they are encouraged to take photos for sharing on social media using the hashtag #DisneyAnimals.

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New LE DAK Magic Band for 2018 available April 20, 2018.

Event Highlights

Connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day event from April 22 to May 5, 2018.

Discover a variety of enhanced park offerings during this glorious celebration, including:

  • A Special Welcome Celebration for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Earth Day – See this festive kick-off for Party for the Planet on Earth Day (April 22) in front of the Tree of Life, featuring music, dancers and some of your favorite Disney Characters!
  • Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Opportunities ̶ “Step in” to a photo opportunity exclusive to the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park! Throughout the park, you’ll find Disney PhotoPass frames that are part of the “Reverse the Decline” campaign and highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.
  • Special Wilderness Explorers Badge Location ̶ Wilderness Explorers will have a special limited-time badge location helping Guests learn how to better connect with nature while on vacation―and once they return home.
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch Backstage Experiences ̶ Meet our animal ambassadors, participate in unique mini-tours, learn about animal nutrition, visit the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation and much more!

Plus, look for commemorative 20th Anniversary merchandise, a special-edition lunch menu at Tiffins, themed treats throughout the park and new Penny Press designs celebrating the Disney Conversation Fund—all available for a limited time.

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Celebrating Earth Day with my Disney bff, Ricky.

And, there will be special characters at the meet and greet:

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Jiminy Cricket only comes out on Earth Day weekend!

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At the Tree of Life with my DCP Alumni Magic Band.

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Tree of Life Cupcake, $5.19. Well worth it!

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Jiminy Cricket at DAK last year.  He was out at Planet Rafiki all weekend this year.

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On safari. #PartyForThePlanet

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My new Earth Day 2018 earrings!  I love them!

 

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April 21,2018: Brand new DAK gift cards available only this weekend! Made of real wood!!!

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Final Note:  DAK has been mobbed in the early mornings because of Pandora.  It’s better to arrive at DAK mid- to late-morning, after 10am, to avoid long wait lines at the main entrance.

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April 4, 2018: DAK entrance is mobbed with people waiting to get into Pandora.

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Throwback Thursday! Our visit visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney’s Character Warehouse at the Orlando Premium Outlet Mall

Shopping at Disney's Character Warehouse

Shopping at Disney’s Character Warehouse

A great place to get good deals on discounted Disney merchandise is the Disney’s Character Warehouse.

Disney’s Character Warehouse store is close to the DCP housing apartments, and carries a wide variety of discounted merchandise. It’s a clearing house for out-of-season and over-stocked Disney merchandise. Most items are 25-50% off original price or more, and cast members get an additional 10% discount at the register.

Parking can be absolutely insane at the Outlet Mall; it’s busy pretty much all year round.

Parking Tip:  Park in the free above-ground parking lot on the westside.

If this is your first visit, find a guide map/sign in the center of the sidewalk. Head straight for the food court, because Disney’s Character Warehouse is located right next door.

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Great prices and cast members get an additional 10% off at register.

What type of Disney items are sold at the Character Warehouse?

The stock changes weekly, but the usual merchandise you’ll find in the store is:

Holiday decorations (lags about a month after the holiday)

T-Shirts (lots!)

Clothes (baby, toddler, kids, men and women)

Toys

Disney Trading Pins

Magic Bands

Kitchenware, coffee mugs

Jewelry (expensive and inexpensive)

Key chains, Disney magnets

Some Disney Cruise merchandise, especially t-shirts and towels

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Jan 2018: Lots of Halloween and Christmas stuff.

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Really cute Parks dresses, $40.

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You will need a basket!

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We traded for really great pins! 2 trades per person per cast member (some wear lanyards).

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Tons of Magic Bands, $9.99

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Lots of Disney Trading Pins, most $3.95

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Toy selection updates weekly.

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Tons of Star Wars merch when we were there.

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T-shirts, t-shirts, t-shirts!! Probably the #1 thing they sell.

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Typical Disney mug reduction. $5.99

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Most common reduction – to $3.99.

Dozens and dozens of different mugs, same as you see in the parks, but 25% off.

Dozens and dozens of different mugs, same as you see in the parks, but 25% off.

Some unusal stuff too like this Jungle Cruise sign.

Some unusual stuff like this Jungle Cruise sign.

Video of store merchandise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DGdHQQF5HM

The store is next to the Food Court (#1252).

The store is next to the Food Court (#1252).

Disney Character Warehouse – Orlando Premium Outlet

8200 Vineland Avenue, Suite #1252, Orlando, FL 32821

Store: 407-477-0222

Web Site with Deals & Coupons:  Disney’s Character Warehouse

Monday-Saturday, 10am – 11pm • Sunday, 10am – 9pm

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I got a few things….

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Cast Connection store for Disney cast members.

Interested in visiting Cast Connections?

Here’s the info: Disney Cast Connection Store

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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We’ll be back! We’re onto the Vera Bradley Outlet Store next!!!

Delicious Breakfast Buffet at Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Resort

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Cape May Cafe at Beach Club Resort

April 2018 Update:  Look who’s now appearing at the Cape May breakfast buffet…it’s Daisy Duck!

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Looking good Daisy!

Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast

Over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Café is welcoming a new friend!  Daisy Duck has now joined Minnie and her friends for this fun character dining experience.

Indulge in a delicious New England-style beachside buffet which includes a full breakfast complete with Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, pastries, and much much more.

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Cape May Cafe is not as well-known as the other Disney character breakfast buffets at WDW, so it’s much easier to get last minute reservations there.

We were able to use one of our 50% off CM dining coupons, which made the breakfast very reasonable.

Character Breakfast at Cape May

Beach Minnie in her bathing suit and straw hat.

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So sweet!

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Our breakfast reservation was for 9am, so we could have breakfast and then head over to Epcot for the day.

We liked the atmosphere at the Cape May Cafe a lot. The pastel colors and décor are very “seashore at the turn-of-the-20th-century”.

It makes it seem fun and carefree, perfect for a relaxed breakfast buffet.

Cape May dining room.

Cape May Cafe dining room.

The carpet matches the umbrella decor.

The pretty carpet matches the umbrella decor.

Our buffet awaits.  Notice the umbrellas in the tiles.

Our buffet awaits. Notice the umbrellas in the tiles.

Mickey Waffles with warm syrup.

Mickey Waffles with warm syrup.  YUM!

The buffet was extensive and delicious! They had all kinds of breads and Danish, muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, cereals both hot and cold, scrambled eggs, frittata of the day, cheeses, seasoned potatoes, bacon/sausage/fish, fresh fruit, salads, and, of course, Caroline’s favorites: Mickey Waffles!

DSCN0532One cool thing that we did for this character breakfast was to bring our big Vinylmation for the characters to sign! 🙂  That was Elly’s great idea!

Minnie signing her name.

Minnie signing her name.

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Goofy in his swimsuit and life vest.

Goofy in his swimsuit and life vest.

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Donald Duck.

Donald Duck.  He’s a hard character to find at meet & greets.

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There are three Disney characters that visit with guests at their tables: Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, all in their bathing suits/beach attire!

We missed seeing them in these costumes during our Disney Dream cruise in February, so it was fun to see them wearing them at Cape May! (Elly wishes Mickey had been there in his swim suit costume – she’s still collecting photos with him in all his costumes!)

The characters were wearing the same beach costumes that they wear at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas!

The characters were wearing the same beach costumes that they wear at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas!

The umbrellas at the Beach Club are the same as the umbrellas at Castaway Cay!

The umbrellas at the Beach Club are the same as the umbrellas at Castaway Cay beach! Those are our chairs that we sat in during the Disney Dream cruise.

It was a wonderful breakfast with good friends, then we were off to see what’s new at Norway in Epcot’s World Showcase. 🙂

Cape May Cafe Menu, April 2018

All You Care to Eat Buffet, with Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy Duck in Beach Attire

7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend). The general price ranges for this meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $26.62-$34.88

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $13.84-$21.03

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.

The Breakfast Buffet Menu

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Assorted Fresh-Baked Pastries, with butter and jellies

Cold Offerings

Sliced Salami, Capicola, Selection of Cheeses

Smoked Salmon, Pastrami-style Smoked Salmon, Capers, Onions, Lemons, Tomatoes

Hard-boiled Eggs, Low-fat Cottage Cheese, Apple Sauce, Healthy Grain Fruit Salad

Diced Pineapple, Diced Cantaloupe, Diced Watermelon, Orange Slices, Grapefruit, Strawberries

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad

Low-fat Strawberry Yogurt and Low-fat Vanilla Honey Yogur, Macerated Fresh Mixed Berries, Housemade Granola

Assorted Cereals with milk (skim, 2%)

Assorted Bagels, Breads, English Muffins, Cream Cheese, Butter, Strawberry Preserves and Grape Jelly

Hot Offerings

Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo and Four Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Frittata, Stewed Roma Tomatoes, Breakfast Potatoes

Hand-carved Glazed Ham, Pork Sausage Links, Smoked Bacon

Cape May Cafe French-toast with Maple Syrup, Caramel Banana Sauce

Mickey Waffles with Chocolate Chips, Strawberry Melba and Whipped Cream

Seasonal Vegetables, Hollandaise Sauce, Creamy Cheddar Grits, Biscuits with Home-style Sausage Gravy

Hot Oatmeal and Hot Apple Quinoa Cereal

Drinks

Unlimited milk, Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Juices

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Karamel-Kuche Shop at Epcot Germany

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The Karamell-Kuche treat shop…ahh….all the delicious smells!

Today – April 4, 2018 – is National Caramel Day!

Epcot Germany’s dessert shop – Karamell-Kuche – is by far one of the most delicious places in Epcot!

We’re a huge fan of caramel popcorn!  My dad likes to make it at home at Christmas, but despite all his efforts, this popcorn is probably a million times better!!

Karamell-Kuche is sponsored by Werther’s Original caramel candy so this is what you see when you walk in:

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A wall of caramel candies!

You can watch the cast members mix the fresh popcorn and the caramel.

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Stirring, stirring….it’s very hot!

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Tossing to coat all the popcorn evenly.

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

Freshly made caramel popcorn, $4

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We always go for the large bag! Still warm!

My favorite thing to look at while waiting in line are the cute German cast members!

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Me &  my CM friend Sebastian  He made this free bag of caramel popcorn just for me! A Magical Moment!!

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German pastries.

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These caramel apples look so good!

Here is a picture of me eating the strawberry dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with caramel.  People stopped me in the World Showcase to ask where I got it!  It was delicious!

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Yum!  This strawberry was huge!

And, don’t forget Snow White meets guests daily right outside!

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A hot, hot day at Epcot and not a droplet of sweat on Snow White!  She was beautiful!

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I really do!

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We ❤ Epcot Germany!

Germany Karamell-Kuche Treats

Yes please!!!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Frozen in a Bottle – Sampling the New Perfume at Epcot Norway

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Ahhh, smell the wild fjords of Norway!

We finally got to sample the new Frozen in a Bottle perfume which debuted at Epcot Norway last year.

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We were spraying this all over the shop!

The perfume’s scent is based off of elements of Norway and attempts to capture the movie ‘Frozen’ in a one-of-a-kind perfume.

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Lots of bottle sizes in sprays and body creams/lotions available.

The fragrance captures the essence of the ‘Frozen’ movie and its cohesive involvement with nature. The scent was designed to showcase the awesome forces of nature exhibited within the film and the two princesses, Anna and Elsa.

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Puffins Roost at Epcot Norway

Fragrance designer Gier Ness has been at Puffin’s Roost signing autographs and meeting with park guests many times. Guests can sample all his perfumes there for free.

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Fragrance designer Geir Ness

The new Frozen fragrance sells for $74 for the 3.4-ounce bottle and $52 for the 1.7-ounce one.  It’s also available online Frozen in a Bottle.

Perfume sampling area.

Perfume sampling area. Guests can try Laila and Frozen for free!

Mr. Ness, a native of Oslo, Norway, creates fragrances that embody the full experience of nature in Norway that users can experience without ever leaving the United States.

Gier created the fragrance Laila for women. According to Ness, the Laila perfume – which is wildly popular with Epcot guests – was inspired by his mother.

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We prefer the scent of his Laila perfume over Frozen in a Bottle.

Caroline buying a new bottle for 2015.

Caroline buying a new bottle of Laila perfume.

We actually own several bottles of Laila – it’s one of Caroline’s favorite perfumes!

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This is the perfume we smell on guests walking around Epcot. It’s very popular.

Buying Laila Perfume – The Essence of Norway on Amazon.com.

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He sells cologne for men too.

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Frozen in a Bottle.  (We really like the bottle’s design and color!)

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Two Disney Sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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International Mermaid Day 2018

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Our favorite mermaid! (I traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

Today – March 29, 2018 – is International Mermaid Day!

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

In honor of the day, Freeform is debuting their new series “Siren” tonight.

Mermaid legends come to life in the gripping new drama series “Siren,” premiering March 29 at 8/7c on Freeform. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land, and are there more like her out there?

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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.

We got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our trip in January.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get.

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Our CM friend Ricky was with us.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

But, not in January!!!

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto. The cast member we traded with said that a guest was pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007. So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation (a first for us) and guess who we saw there……

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We love Disney PhotoPass!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday: Meeting Princess Ariel in Disneyland, 2009

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2018 Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian

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On display March 24 – April 10, 2018

The 7th Annual Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian starts March 24 and runs through April 10, 2018.

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So many eggs to see!

These 32 JUMBO chocolate Easter Eggs (9-12 pounds each!!) are created and crafted by Disney Pastry Chefs over the course of three weeks. Each egg is 16”-20” tall and decorated with “edible products such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces.”

Some Easter Egg highlights from the 2018 display:

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Beauty and the Beast, front

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Beauty and the Beast, back

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Cinderella egg

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Aladdin and Jasmine

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Pinocchio

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Oz Emerald City

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Robin Hood, one of our favorite movies!

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Lady & the Tramp. One of Elly's favorites.

Lady & the Tramp, one of Elly’s favorites.

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Got to have a ‘Frozen’ egg!

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Front side of the ‘Frozen’ egg.

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Wildlife of the World.

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They are so many to see this year!

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Evil Queen

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Not a giant Easter Egg, but I love him anyway! ❤

If you have time on your Disney World vacation, be sure to stop by the Grand Floridian and bring your camera!!!  They are so wonderful!

And, don’t forget about the sweet treats available at the Parks this month!

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Spring cupcakes at Magic Kingdom.

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Spring cupcakes at Epcot.

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At Disney’s Beach Club Resort this week. The Easter eggs are smaller, but just as fun!

New this year are Easter Eggs on display at Disney’s Beach Club Resort!

Check out all the Easter Eggs on display there now:   Easter Eggs at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Mrs. Bunny is wearing an Easter bonnet!

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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